here's my tuppence worth. < and i so get thinking and thinking. This has already started for me, and my pup's not even arriving till Jan lol.
I have owned, worked, trained 4 adult males, purely working lines, high octaine, high prey drive. And all of them, have an off switch, so couch potatoes indoors, or, they get kicked outside, so they make sure to roll around quietly, make soft noises, so i wont hear them wrestling indoors etc. There is a VAST difference between the working and show lines energy and drive levels. All working lines in IPO are temperament tested before training begins, so you know, from the off, if you have a dog that is willing to fight. And these dogs are rare, even in IPO. Most dogs avoid, not go toward aggression.
I have fostered 8 other GSD's, usually surrendered at 9 months, when teenage kicks in, and dog decides it is bossm, a temporarily delusionary system, which i train them through and out the other side of teenage. retrained and rehomed. All pet stock, conformation lines.
NEVER has a dog turned on me, or any of my family members. Even in the first six months of living with us. These dogs love a pack leader to follow every step asked of them.
They lurve me, and will do everything to continue our happy relationship. And the feeling is mutual.
There is a saying in my family: If you cant train a GSD, you cant train dogs. They are so easy to train, seriously easy. Always ready for the next training session/game/job to do.
And by the time its a decent size (9 months), your baby girl, as you'll think of her, wouldnt dream of turning on her pack leader!
Before she's fully grown however, those puppy teeth are real sharp, and they are land sharks as pups, well the full working lines are. But never aggressive. Just known to be mouthers for longer than the show line GSD's. So kiss goodbye to your lovely, pre GSD hands, and say hello to scarred up old hands early. Im in my 50's, my hands look 92!
And GSD's come with a sense of humour, play tricks on me, jump me if im weeding in garden for a rumpus etc. All very strong dogs, at 50kg a piece. That's 150kg of dog im walking loose leashed, through a animal sanctuary. And they dont chase nothing. Coz i said they cant. They are so great, even the wildlife dont move if we are approaching. Including our geese. who can be honery sods when mating season is on.
And same 3 dogs, in a special paddock, can lure course rabbits, take it down, kill it,prance around showing off their prize, in what seems like seconds to me.
Same dogs, that grab my grandsons padded nappy butt, and pull him away gently from edge of deck.
Same dogs that will round up visitors into the kitchen area, where they are kept till someone notices what's happening.
Same dogs, that when pups, or other dogs are literally, thrown over my fence abandoned, i get home from work, and the dogs have taken good care of new arrival.
A storm this winter, blew in a chicken into the dog pound. It was safe n sound, being cleaned up by my girl in her bed, till i could take over, and return it to owner 4 properties away.
Dogs know, who's boss. Be the boss, and they'll follow you over a cliff if you asked them to. Be a pack leader providing: lots of training, lots of love, and even more rules. Dogs love rules to obey.
Last edited by Jackal; 09-22-2015 at 06:24 PM.